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How To Get Beach Waves: Easy Step-by-Step Instructions

Hair-Care-Tips-HOW-TO-GET-BEACH-WAVES-1Want to learn how to get beach waves? Beach waves are one of those hairstyles that complement most people. Whether you have naturally curly hair or pin straight, fear not, there’s a way for you to achieve beach waves. The tousled, wavy look is perfect for summer but why not try it all year round?

To get beach waves, you will need:

  • Hair Products: volumizing mousse, sea salt spray, hairspray, dry shampoo
  • Barrel Iron or Flat Iron
  • Blow Dryer with a diffuser attachment
  • Hair ties or elastics or pieces of fabric (old t-shirt or terrycloth towel in 1-inch pieces)


  1. Wash and condition hair ensure that you don’t over condition. This can affect the how the products will hold in your hair, ultimately affecting the staying power of your waves.
  2. Apply a volumizing mousse to damp, towel dried hair. Be sure to massage the product in well and evenly.
  3. Spritz some sea salt spray all over
  4. Air dry or blow dry with a diffuser attachment
  5. Curl with a barrel iron (curling iron)
  6. Spray with hairspray to set.


  1. Wash and condition hair
  2. Apply volumizing mouse
  3. Spritz with sea salt spray all over
  4. Twist small sections either into little hair buns all over keeping it secure with a hair tie/elastics or…
  5. Twist hair around your fingers and then wrap the hair around a piece of fabric or terrycloth towel, tying a knot to keep it secure.
  6. Spray lightly with hair spray
  7. Wrap head in either a t-shirt or a shower cap
  8. Sleep. Upon waking up, carefully unravel or untwist the hair. If still damp, use the diffuser head and blow dry hair.
  9. Spray with hairspray to set.

One of the key products you’ll need to achieve this easy hairstyle is a sea salt spray.  Sea salt sprays will work for all hair types, from thin and straight to thick and wavy. The sprays also add some of the volume necessary to achieve this particular look. When using sea salt spray for beach waves, less is more, especially for hair that is very thick and full already.  You will likely need to experiment a bit, finding the right method of application for your hair texture. Sea salt sprays work best on wet or damp hair. While there are some that work on dry hair, the combination of wet or damp hair with the sea salt it what give hair a similar texture to that of natural salt water.

Spray some product all over your hair, flipping over to reach every area.  Cup some of the ends into your hand, scrunching upwards towards your roots. At this point, you can either let it air dry, or blow dry with a diffuser.

A diffuser mimics the heat dispersion of a salon drier; distributing the heat to every strand thus allows the hair to curl.  Attach the diffuser head to your blow dryer on high heat. Tilt your hear to the side to gather a section of damp, sprayed strands into the diffuser, then push upwards towards your roots. Hold steady for a few minutes or until the section is dry before moving onto the next section.  It is important to do this process section by section to ensure a wave that will last.  Once all sections are dry and set, spray your hair with hairspray to hold the waves. An important point to remember here is to not touch your hair while it is still hot. It takes a few minutes for the hair to completely set and cool down and if you run your fingers or a brush through your hair, you could potentially disturb the wave. If that happens, simply take a 1” curling iron and lightly curl the strands that have fallen loose, spraying again with hairspray afterwards.

Sea salt spray is actually a great way to achieve a hairstyle that will last for more than one day. Second-day beach waves, depending on the texture of your hair, can sometimes look better than the first day! A bit of dry shampoo at the roots and maybe an extra spritz or two of salt spray to rejuvenate some waves and you’re done.

Looking for another solution of how to get beach waves?   An alternative is to create mini hair buns or twists. For this particular style, you’ll need to do your hair at night and sleep with it still damp or wrapped in an old t-shirt or a bath shower cap.

Wash your hair and condition as usual, again, making sure you don’t over condition it.

Lightly towel dry to ensure hair is damper than it is wet. Follow the aforementioned steps in applying mousse and spritzing sea salt spray all over. Now you begin twisting. There are two ways your can achieve this look, your natural hair texture play a factor in which will be best for you. If you have thinner hair, hair buns will work best, as they will hold the hair tighter. For those with thicker hair, hair twists will give you the tousled look.

For hair buns, section hair into many little sections, at most, 2 inches thick. Twist hair into tight spiral, continuing until the hair twists itself up into a little bun. The hair will naturally do this; all you need to make sure of is that all the mini hair buns you make look as similar as possible. Secure each hair bun with a mini elastic or hair tie. Spray lightly with a bit of hair spray. At this point you can either sleep as is or if you twist and turn a lot while sleeping, secure and wrap hair in a clean, old towel or a shower cap, whichever is most comfortable for you.

For hair twists, you’ll need some torn up fabric or terrycloth towel pieces, at least 1’ in thickness. This particular style is old school, but still very effective for easy waves. Same as with hair buns, follow all the steps in the same order. The only difference here is you’ll need to twist the hair lightly and then twist again onto your fabric piece. Tie a knot at the top of every twist, spray and secure should you so desire and then sleep the night away.

Gently remove every twist, shake your hair out, blow dry if you need to and re-curl any sections that may not be to your tousled tastes. Spray lightly and off you go.

One final tidbit of information: for those with straight hair, texturizing spray is best for you, use on damp hair, twist hair on both sides of the head and rough dry. Touch up with a 1’ curling iron. For those with curly hair who want to calm their hair down, use a lightweight oil or cream on damp hair, pull hair back into a tight bun and let it dry. When your hair is let out, it will be a smooth wave and you won’t need to use a diffuser or blow drier.

Beach waves are a great hairstyle for any time of the year. These easy steps with minimal products will allow you to sport this fun, tousled hairstyle 365 days of the year. No beach? No problem.  Its the perfect solution to how to get beach waves.

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